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Constance Brissenden (1947-) Biography

Personal, Career, Honors Awards, Writings, Work in Progress, Sidelights

Born 1947, in Canada; companion to Larry Loyie (a writer and speaker). Education: University of Guelph, B.A.; University of Alberta, M.A.

Career

Travel and history writer; director of plays by partner, Larry Loyie. Co-founder, Living Traditions Writers Group.

Honors Awards

Co-recipient, with Loyie, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Nonfiction, 2003, for As Long as the Rivers Flow: A Last Summer before Residential School.

Writings

Factory Lab Anthology, Talonbooks, 1974.

Vancouver Pictorial, Altitude Publishing, 1995.

Portrait of Vancouver, Altitude Publishing, 1995.

Whistler and the Sea to Sky Country, Altitude Publishing, 1995.

Vancouver and Victoria, Formac, 2000.

(With Stephen Brewer, Anita Carmen, and Dorling-Kindersley) Frommer's Portable Whistler, Frommer, 2002.

(With Larry Loyie) As Long as the Rivers Flow: A Last Summer before Residential School, illustrated by Heather D. Holmlund, Groundwood Books (Berkeley, CA), 2002.

Work in Progress

Two nonfiction books with Loyie, We Were Only Children, a history of residential schools in the United States and Canada, and When the Spirits Dance, a memoir of the Second World War.

Sidelights

Constance Brissenden is a Canadian writer who is best known for her work with author Larry Loyie on books about Loyie's experiences growing up as a Cree in Northwestern Alberta. For more information, please see the sketch in this volume on Larry Loyie.

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Booklist, April 15, 2003, Hazel Rochman, review of As Long as the Rivers Flow: A Last Summer before Residential School, p. 1468.

Books in Canada, November, 2002, review of As Long as the Rivers Flow.

Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), October 14, 2002, Susan Perren, review of As Long as the Rivers Flow.

Library Journal, October, 2003, Sean George, review of As Long as the Rivers Flow, p. 154.

Wind Speaker, December, 2002, Pamela Sexsmith, review of As Long as the Rivers Flow, p. 17.

ONLINE

Living Traditions Writers Group, http://www.firstnationswriter.com/ (December 6, 2003), authors' home page.*

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